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VNU Net: Mainframes are the future of ebusiness; Sun to follow IBM Linux lead with E10000?

Feb 26, 2001, 14:19 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Governor)

"Telia.net offers classic ISP-style mailbox and homepage provision to home users. That is: static content, fan sites, puppy photos, and so on. The organisation uses a mixture of Sun Microsystems' Solaris and Compaq Alpha machines for these web applications. Both are now being kicked out at Telia.net, in favour of the bigger IBM box. For Sun, in particular, this spells trouble."

"At LinuxWorld, the IBM mainframe - now renamed the IBM eServer z900 - won best of show, by demonstrating thousands of virtual Linux servers running simultaneously. It takes a few seconds to get another partition up and running. That could just as easily be a new business customer for the ISP. The economics quickly assert themselves. The real cost is management and people, with fewer boxes meaning fewer staff."

"A few more such wins could force Sun to be a lot less equivocal about Linux. Could the firm be forced to remake the E10000 as a partitioned Linux server? Well, Sun is losing deals to Unix competitors. It also has a rejuvenated IBM mainframe to contend with, and service providers, one of its key markets, love Linux. Just ask Telia.net."

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